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rongest runners in the universe. tonight, the president and the dictator. president trump arrives in singapore for a historic summit with kim jong-un of north korea. right after another meeting with america's biggest allies ends in a war of words. >> we are reasonable but we also will not be pushed around. >> he really kind of stabbed us in the back. new information about the final days and hours before star chef and tv host anthony bourdain took his own life. scene of devastation in a suburb of cleveland after a house explodes and others are damaged. a young woman jailed for life as a teenager now fighting for her freedom as celebrities take up her cause. and with the world cup just days away, we'll meet the international soccer sensation who is bridging many worlds. >> announcer: this is "nbc
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nightly news" with lester holt. reporting from singapore. good evening. president trump and north korean leader kim jong-un waking up just a half mile from each other on what is already a monday morning here in singapore. the history of the moment unfolding on the tarmac. president trump nearly 10,000 miles from home arriving sunday met by singaporean officials the hosts of this summit who just hours earlier welcomed leader kim arriving aboard an american built jumbo jet. tonight, the world holding its breath as the two men come here in search of common ground over north korea's nuclear weapons program, meeting roughly 24 hours from now on an island just off singapore's southern tip. all under thick layers of protection and what is already one of the world's most secure cities. we have our team to cover the events of the next few days. and tonight, we gin with kelly o'donnell here in singapore. >> reporter: after a 21-hour
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journey, one of the most powerful symbols of the american presidency delivered donald trump to what he politically described as unknown territory. hours earlier, here in singapore, north korean security trotted alongside the limousine as kim jong-un emerged from isolation and infamy to a new level of international recognition. he's never known until now. assessing his adversary, president trump said he can size him up instantly. >> i think within the first minute i'll know. >> how? h i just -- my touch, my feel. expected baggage. a fresh diplomatic dispute with u.s. friends. he lashed out on twitter at g7 host canada's justin trudeau who complained publicly about trump's trade policies. but the white house framed the president's angry reaction as positioning before tuesday's meeting with kim jong-un. >> he is not going to permit any
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show of weakness on the trip to negotiate with north korea nor should he. >> this was about north korea? >> of course it was in large part. >> because trudeau said that? >> reporter: given the record of deception of north korea over its nuclear program bill richardson who's been to north korea eight times warns appearances will matter. >> the only caution i would give the president is not be photographed too much with a smiling kim jong-un because they use that in north korea for dramatic propaganda purposes. >> reporter: but a personal connection is what president trump expects first before any deal on substance. >> at a minimum i do believe at least we'll have met each other, we will have seen each other, hopefully we will have liked o process. >> reporter: the president's first official visit comes monday meeting with the prime minister of singapore in part to say thank you for the
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considerable cost singapore's bearing for security and logistics. of course, the main event is tuesday but the big unknown is will when will the summit be over? the white house is building in extra time, lester, in case things go well and need to extend. >> so we could go to overtime here? >> perhaps. >> thank you. it's important to keep in mind, if this summit is successful, it will represent just a beginning with a great deal of work to be months and years ahead. we asked our chief foreign affairs correspondent andrea mitchell to take a look at what the world can expect. >> reporter: president trump has described the singapore summit as get to know you plus.the us? in addition to the hand shakes and photo opportunities, will kim jong-un agree to blow up his nuclear weapons as he appeared to do at the main test site last month? experts say complete denuclearization could take a decade or more. >> the best outcome would be a solid commitment by the north korean leader to denuclearize
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and along a definable timeline that the trump administration can then see as a big victory. >> reporter: in fact, the regime's vast nuclear complex is so well hidden u.s. officials don't even know how many weapons they have. current estimates ranging from 20 to 60 warheads buried in dozens of sites involving hundreds of buildings staffed by thousands of people. would kim trade all that away? >> he has indicated to me personally that he is prepared to denuclearize, that he understands that the current model doesn't work. >> reporter: skeptics are doubtful. >> if we don't get something concrete coming out of this we'll know that kim jong-un achieved his two major objectives. status and prestige and then, second, a weakening of sanctions, and we will have achieved nothing. >> reporter: a more realistic outcome, the first diplomatic steps to ending korean war. >> yes, we could absolutely sign
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an agreement. we are looking at it. but that's probably the easy part. the hard part remains after at >> reporter: the risks of the president's summit gamble are high, but the rewards could be immen immense. elimination of a nuclear threat not only to south korea and japan but given kim jong-un's long range missiles to the american homeland, as well. >> both so unpredictable. we have to watch very closely. >> this is the most unscripted summit anyone has ever held. >> thank you. beyond the u.s. and north korea perhaps no country has more at stake of what happens here than south korea. our chief foreign correspondent richard engel is in seoul tonight. richard, what's the thought and feeling there? >> reporter: well, i think nowhere in the world are they watching this summit more closely than they are here in seoul. this is seen as a matter of life and death. right now, today, every day, in fact, tens of thousands of north korean rockets and artillery pieces are pointed right here at
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seoul and the calculus has long been if the u.s. attacks north korea that north korea responds by destroying this city. just six months ago here in sel, there were protests on the street when there was all the talk of rocket man and north korea was testing its nuclear weapons and its missiles. people here thought donald trump was a warmonger who was going to bring this country and perhaps the entire world to war. now, everyone's hoping that this summit will be successful. there's talk of peace. and i don't think there's anywhere in the world where they're more optimistic, more hopeful that donald trump will be able to pull it out. but there is also this concern because they have so much at stake. if this summit goes badly, then are we once again in the state where war is on the table? a lot -- they're watching it very closely here, lester. >> richard engel measuring the temperature in south korea, thank you. now to what the president abruptly left behind in canada, an open and bitter feud with the
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country's prime minister justin trudeau who publicly took on the president at the end of the g7 summit. his comments prompting a top trump aide to say today trudeau had stabbed us in the back. here's nbc's kristen welker. >> reporter: it is the picture that says it all. president trump alone. and increasingly alienating america's allies at the g7 summit. the president battled them over tariffs and trade and then stunned the leaders by first agreeing to sign a joint statement called a communique and then abruptly pulling his support after canada's prime minister said this. >> canadians, we're polite, we're reasonable but we also eporr: the president en d. route to singapore accused trudeau of false statements and called him very dishonest and weak. today, top trump aides lashed out. >> he really kind of stabbed us in the back. >> there's a special place in hell for any foreign leader that engages in bad faith diplomacy with president donald j. trump. >> reporter: allies stunned.
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the germans announcing new counter tariffs today. french president macron accusing the president of incoherence and inconsistency. the canadians defiant. >> we are clear that we are insulted as a country. >> reporter: at home, lawmakers seeking distance, including senator john mccain writing to the other leaders, americans stand with you, even if our president doesn't. a growing vih amica's allies as president trump tries to make a deal with one of its oldest foes. kristen welker, nbc news, washington. back home in ohio today, terrifying moments after a house exploded on a residential street. it happened in east cleveland. the blast killing one woman and leaving a man critically injured. fire from the explosion spread to four neighboring homes. authorities were investigating the cause of that explosion. in hawaii yet another eruption at the kilauea volcano today with no sign of that volcano about to quiet down.
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more than 600 homes have been destroyed. the u.s. geological survey said enough lava has poured out of the volcano to cover manhattan six and a half feet deep. the eruptions have been going on for almost 40 days now. inol a wildfire burning in the southwest part of that state got much worse today. authorities say the fire near durango nearly doubled in size to 26 square miles. they ordered the evacuation of 675 more homes bringing the total to almost 2,000. late reports say the fire is just 10% contained. two days after anthony bourdain was found dead from suicide in france, we're learning more about the final hours before the chef and tv host took his own life. we get the latest from nbc's lucy kafanov. >> i've been all over vietnam. >> reporter: anthony bourdain was a globe trotting chef that rarely skipped a good meal so when he didn't meet close friend and fellow chef ripert for dinner thursday night something seemed off.
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a waiting telling thenew york times," mr. ripert thought it was strange. we thought it was strange. the pair was in france filming bourdain's cnn series "parts unknown" staying at this five-star hotel and when bourdain failed to show up for breakfast the following morning, alarm bells went off hotel staff said ripert tried to reach bourdain on the cell phone. the famed chef was later found unresponsive in his room. >> let's talk about food and eat food. >> reporter: pour bourdain's mother told "the new york times," he is absolutely the last person in the world i would have ever dreamed would do something like this. but she added, ripert told her the mood darkened in recent days. >> i was an angry young man. >> reporter: on a 2014 episode of his show he opened up about the past struggles of drugs and depression. >> there was some dark genie inside me that i very much hesitate to call a disease that led me to dope. >> reporter: his remarkable life ending in the same country where
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his love affair of food began. lucy kafanov, nbc news. all this generating a lot of conversations. if you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts, please pick up the phone and call the national suicide prevention lifeline, there's the numb th are available 24 hours a day. inba to politics now, a different kind of power play by president trump. this one involving the coal and nuclear power industries. the president wants to give them a boost but there are critics who say he is just playing to his base. nbc's morgan radford tells us more. >> reporter: in a memo first leaked to bloomberg the trump administration proposed a radicaplan. to use emergency executive orders to prop up america's faltering coal and nuclear power plants. a promise planted on the campaign trail. >> and we're going to bring the coal industry ck donald trump loves clean coal. >> reporter: part of the mandate, keep those plants open
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by forcing the power industry to buy from them for the next two years. instead of from newer, cleaner and cheaper options. like natural gas or renewables. keeping coal and nuclear plants could prove expensive. one study compiled by two clean energy companies found it could saddle customers up to $12 billion in extra costs every single year. in a statement, the white house cites national security saying shutdowns of coal and nuclear plants would make the power grid less resilient when it comes to natural disasters and intentional attacks but one of the nation's grid operators said there's no threat to the system's reliability or need for such drastic action. a wide group of industry experts from natural gas to renewable energy condemns the president's plan saying it undermines the free market and raises the costs to customers. >> this is corporate cronyism trump style. he is literally proposing to pick winning power plants and require them to be dispatched and used and all consumers pay for them at the expense of less expensive alternatives. >> reporter: a fight over the future of energy that's just
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heating up. morgan radford, nbc news, pittsburgh. still ahead tonight, she was sent to prison for life as a teen after killing a man. so why are celebrities now also, this 32-year-old tennis great is called the king of clay. how rafael nal liv up to the title one more time.
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we're back with the power of celebrity. we saw it this past week after president trump commuted the
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life sentence of a woman whose cause taken up by kim kardashian. another case involves a young woman in tennessee sentenced the life in prison for murder when she was 16 years old. a federal appeal is set to be heard this month. here's nbc's ron allen. >> reporter: cyntoia brown admits she kaled a man named johnny allen in nashville in 2004. the case so shocking it inspired a documentary. >> i just grabbed a gun and i shot him. >> reporter: brown was 16 then and claimed she was forced into prostitution and shot her victim in self-defense. >> guilty, first-degree murder. >> reporter: prosecutors called her a cold-blooded killer, who robbed her victim. her sentence, life in prison parole possible in 50 years. >> i'm not saying i deserve anything. i'm asking for mercy. >> reporter: that emotional plea recently to a tennessee parole board from a woman who's now 30 behind bars 14 years. dvocates emphasize brown is a
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most precious treasure, my family. >> reporter: on social media kim kardashian, rihanna, lebron james and others say brown's a lifelong victim of abuse and human trafficking. you think she is rehabilitated? >> oh yeah. as much as it seems like to me can happen. >> reporter: d william burnett, a psychiatrist who first evaluated brown after her arrest, said she never should have been sentenced as an adult. >> juveniles think differently, they act differently and i think should be taken into consideration. >> reporter: pushing back hard against early release for brown, those who knew the man she killed. >> i just want to say johnny's life mattered. johnny was loved, and he is missed dearly. >> reporter: face to face with brown for the first time. >> his life mattered. it did. i can't fix it. and i'm sorry. i'm sorry.
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>> reporter: in recent years the supreme court twice hale life sentences without parole unconstitutional for juveniles. yet some 2,300 prisoners remain behind bars. another 7,300 like brown serving life with parole possible after 15 to 50 years. in the end, the parole board had varied recommendations, some for clemency, some against it. tennessee's governor who's never granted clemency will decide. a woman sentenced to life as a teen pleading for a second chance. ron allen, nbc news, nashville. we'll take a short break. up next here tonight, we're up close with justify, the newest winner of the triple crown.
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the scene in paris today. rafael nadal winning the french open winning in straight sets. nadal overcame a brief scare in the third set when he suffered a cramp in his hand. it was nadal's 11th french open
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title and reinforced the title as one of the greatest clay court tennis players of all time. and now to this weekend's other crowning achievement. justify going all the way to win horse racing's triple crown. our blake y got in on the excitement the morning after at belmont. >> ready for a start. >> reporter: out of the gate and into the history books. >> he's just perfect. now he's just immortal! >> reporter: justify winning the triple crown. a rare sports feat now accomplished twice by trainer bob baffert who first won with american pharoah in 2015. >> after that, we thought what do we do next? >> reporter: then came this chestnut colt. >> do you think he has juice left in him? >> he has a lot left. look at him. he knows he a bad dude. i mean, he knows -- when he walks in there, those other horses, he's very intimidating. >> reporter: but his racing career spanning 111 days is already nearing an end. too valuable to risk injury, justify's future, says his
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owner, is in breeding. >> his future in breeding could bring in $20 million, a $30 million a year? >> yes, absolutely. >> reporter: that's a valuable horse. >> that's a valuable horse and he knows it. >> reporter: blake mccoy, nbc news, new york. >> when we come back, on the eve of the world cup, we'll catch up with a soccer sensation whose message goes well beyond the game.
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finally tonight, beyond this week's summit here in singapore
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there's another event that will capture much of the world's attention.he world cup in russia. one of the biggest stars is playing for egypt and he's also a sensation in britain where he become an ambassador for his muslim faith. his story tonight from nbc's matt bradley. >> reporter: he shoots. he scores. he prays. when mo salah heads to russia for the world cup this week, he won't just be scoring points for his native egypt. the 25-year-old forward cheered his adoptive city of liverpool and by muslims throughout the world. >> i'm very happy and very excited for the world cup and i'm very sure we'll do something special. >> reporter: his world cup dreams were almost deferred. a serious shoulder injury last month brought him to tears and crushed legions of fans worldwide who see him more than a high-scoring sprinter especially in egypt. >> makes people happy that an egyptian player is playing in liverpool.
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he is an inspiration for everyone. >> reporter: in the hometown hero financed a girl's school, a food distribution center and medical care. in nearby cairo, traditional ramadan lanterns printed with salah image are almost sold out. the children want to be mohammed salah says this vendor. he has a lovable personality. even in britain where anti-islam, anti-immigrant sentiment is on the rise, fans sing his praises. >> in liverpool it's created a very positive vibe. i feel quite included within the wider community. >> reporter: abdul hamid sits on the board of the mosque. leaders here say mo salah's fame is attracting muslims to the mosque and soccer. >> i might have feared going to a football club before but now i might take my children, i might take my wife. >> reporter: here in liverpool, soccer is the religion and anfield stadium is the temple.
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but even this hugedie. his speed, points scoring -- >> irrepressible. >> reporter: -- and reputation for humility made him a legend. matt bradley, nbc news, liverpool. we appreciate you spending part of your evening with us. that is "nightly news" for this sunday night. stay with nbc news as we follow developments at this summit during the coming days. starting tomorrow morning on "today," continuing coverage on msnbc and i'll see you back here tomorrow for "nbc nightly news." i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching and good night from singapore. a celebration fo
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preparations underway in oakland to honor the right now at 6:00, the celebration for the champs. preparations under way in oakland to honor the warriors' nba title. what you can expect this time whether you're going on watching it here on nbc bay area. the news at 6:00 starts right now. good evening. thank you so much for joining us. i'm vicky ngueyn. >> i'm terry sweeney. another championship parade about to happen. less than two days away. going to happen in oakland. the third victory parade to celebrate the fba championship in the past four years. >> what a beautiful picture there. >> yeah. >> whether you want to be a part of it or not, if you are in the east bay, you will definitely be affected. nbc bay area's christie smith is live in oakland tonight. christie, organizers a million e


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